Chris Velazco

Chris Velazco

Chris Velazco is a mobile enthusiast and writer who studied English and Marketing at Rutgers University. Once upon a time, he was the news intern for MobileCrunch, and in between posts, he worked in wireless sales at Best Buy.

After graduating, he returned to the new TechCrunch to as a full-time mobile writer. He counts advertising, running, musical theater, and soup among his myriad interests.

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  • Hulu Plus Makes Android Tablet Debut With Vizio

    Hulu Plus Makes Android Tablet Debut With Vizio

    Hulu Plus has found its way to a handful of Android devices these past few months, but today it makes its first official appearance on an Android tablet — just maybe not the one you were expecting. Read More

  • Motorola Atrix’s “Most Powerful” Claims Shot Down In U.K.

    Motorola Atrix’s “Most Powerful” Claims Shot Down In U.K.

    There’s a fine line between a bold advertising campaign and playing fast and loose with the truth, and it looks like Motorola may have just tip-toed over it. According to the U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority, Motorola has been banned from calling their Atrix handset “the most powerful smartphone in the world.” While the Atrix launched domestically back in… Read More

  • Rumor: Sprint To Sell iPhone 5 In October

    Rumor: Sprint To Sell iPhone 5 In October

    As we once again enter the iPhone 5 breach, one would do well to keep their grains of salt at the ready, but the Business Insider reports that Sprint will be among the few carriers to sell the iPhone 5. Read More

  • Nintendo To Revamp 3DS Hardware, Downplay 3D?

    Nintendo To Revamp 3DS Hardware, Downplay 3D?

    Nintendo’s recent 3DS price drop seems to have accomplished the goal of moving more units, but rumor has it that Nintendo’s higher-ups aren’t too pleased with the floundering portable as a whole. Among other things, Nintendo is supposedly considering a new hardware revision for the 3DS that downplays its 3D capabilities Read More

  • Rumor: Apple Preparing Discount iPhone 4 For September

    Rumor: Apple Preparing Discount iPhone 4 For September

    Déjà vu, much? Like Apple’s original strategy for the aging iPhone 3GS, a new report states that Apple is working on an 8GB iPhone 4 to be sold at a discount while the iPhone 5 will sell at a higher price with contract. According to Reuters’s sources, Apple has contracted a Korean firm to manufacture the discount iPhone’s flash drive. Samsung was previously one of… Read More

  • HP Pre 3 Will Never Come To US, But It’s Crazy Cheap In Europe

    HP Pre 3 Will Never Come To US, But It’s Crazy Cheap In Europe

    On the heels of the HP’s first and likely last webOS fire sale, word has come from across the pond thatthey’re also deeply discounting the cost of the newly-launched Pre 3 smartphone in most European markets. While it was originally available for the princely sum of £299 in the U.K. and €349 in France (both around $500), HP’s price evisceration brings the cost down to… Read More

  • Microsoft Demos Xbox/Windows Phone Link With Giant Cats

    Microsoft Demos Xbox/Windows Phone Link With Giant Cats

    Microsoft’s been touting Windows Phone 7′s Xbox Live functionality since day one, but it’s always felt just a little lacking. You can look at your cute little avatar and play games that bump up your gamerscore, but where’s the connectivity with the Xbox experience we saw in demos like this one? It would appear the folks in Redmond aren’t quite there yet, but a demo… Read More

  • Modding Community Offers $1500 Bounty For TouchPad Android Port

    Modding Community Offers $1500 Bounty For TouchPad Android Port

    This weekend’s TouchPad fire sale has more or less petered out, and thousands of HP’s little tablets that couldn’t have found new homes. Not everyone seems to love WebOS though, as a growing number of people who bought bargain-bin TouchPads are clamoring for a tablet experience that’s a bit more… shall we say, relevant. Thanks to its open nature, Android is the OS… Read More

  • Microsoft Wooing WebOS Developers With Free Phones And Training

    Microsoft Wooing WebOS Developers With Free Phones And Training

    In the aftermath of HP’s decision to axe all WebOS products, the question for many a developer is “what’s next?” While I’m sure a few WebOS diehards will continue to work on the platform (and hopefully create some great new apps for all of the bargain bin TouchPads out there), Microsoft has opened their arms to these disenfranchised developers. Brandon Watson… Read More

  • HTC CEO Sticking With Android Despite Google-Motorola Deal

    HTC CEO Sticking With Android Despite Google-Motorola Deal

    “We welcome the news of today’s acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem.” That was Peter Chou’s line from right after the Google-Motorola deal was announced, and it would appear he’s sticking to it. Today, the HTC CEO has announced his intention to stick it out with Google and… Read More

  • Sprint, Cable Companies In Talks To Acquire Clearwire

    Sprint, Cable Companies In Talks To Acquire Clearwire

    Not long after Clearwire announced their intent to begin lighting up a 4G LTE network, Sprint and a cabal of cable companies have begun to discuss the idea of a possible Clearwire acquisition. Last we heard, Clearwire was waiting on $600 million in additional funding before any work on their LTE rollout could begin. Comcast, Time Warner, and Bright House are currently in talks with the… Read More

  • Mobiado’s Grand Touch Phones: Android For The Stupidly Rich

    Mobiado’s Grand Touch Phones: Android For The Stupidly Rich

    The Canadian luxury buffs over at Mobiado have been churning out obscenely expensive (not to mention obscenely designed) phones since 2004, and if you were to look at their line-up, one thing would become immediately clear: none of them are worth the price. Dumbphones swathed in gold and pearl inlays are still dumbphones, after all. That said, Mobiado is trying something new with their Grand… Read More

  • Bing’s “We’re In” Windows Phone App is Foursquare’s Other Half

    Bing’s “We’re In” Windows Phone App is Foursquare’s Other Half

    On the rare occasions that I’m not sitting in a chat room and writing about phones, I usually play the role of “hang-out coordinator” among my friends. You probably have too: messaging people to see who’s available, finding out who wants to eat what, getting ETAs from prospective partiers, the works. It’s a bit draining to say the least, but if you’re… Read More

  • Apple Leads In West European PC Growth, Competitors Tank

    Apple Leads In West European PC Growth, Competitors Tank

    Western Europe is a tough place to be for PC manufacturers right now. According to a report from technology research firm Gartner, sales are down nearly across the board, with just a single exception: Apple. Read More

  • Delta Testing In-Flight iPads For Pilots, XOOMs To Follow Shortly

    Delta Testing In-Flight iPads For Pilots, XOOMs To Follow Shortly

    While they have typically gone with proprietary tech, Delta has begun testing some off-the-shelf tablets for use as “electronic flight bags” for their pilots. The test program has 22 iPads flying the friendly skies, giving pilots access to flight charts, equipment manuals, and in-flight WiFi in a 1.6lb package. Delta thinks that having iPads onboard will make for stronger… Read More

  • The Federal Government Wants You! (And Your App Ideas)

    The Federal Government Wants You! (And Your App Ideas)

    The U.S. government is no stranger the to app game: they’ve developed over 50 smartphone apps and mobile sites for everyday use, ranging from apps that find local alternative fueling stations to ones that can identify leaves you’ve photographed. The federal app arsenal runs the gamut for sure, but it doesn’t seem to be enough. The USA.gov blog has announced that until… Read More

  • Motorola Droid HD Smiles For The Camera, Droid Bionic Tags Along

    Motorola Droid HD Smiles For The Camera, Droid Bionic Tags Along

    Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the Droid HD. The previously unseen handset was known to be floating around, thanks to its EXIF data making a quick appearance on Flickr, but the Droid HD is ready for a bit of spotlight. The Droid Bionic has been enjoying its share of attention for months now, even as its release date keeps getting pushed further and further back. Now that we have a good handle on… Read More

  • Ooma VOIP Service Is Down Nationwide

    Ooma VOIP Service Is Down Nationwide

    Reports are trickling into to our tipline that Ooma, a popular VOIP service, is currently experiencing major network issues. Currently, Ooma’s phone service seems offline nationwide, and their website and support forums are working sporadically if at all. Some users (mostly in California) are reporting that their service is returning, but right now, it would appear that a majority… Read More

  • Korean Lawsuit Seeks $25 Million From Apple For Location Tracking

    Korean Lawsuit Seeks $25 Million From Apple For Location Tracking

    Kim Hyung-Suk has been busy these past few months. An attorney based out of Seoul, he gained a bit of notoriety for being the first person to receive a cash settlement from Apple for the iPhone’s location-tracking tendencies. He also announced that he and his law firm, Mirae Law, would be looking into the possibility of filing a class-action suit against Apple. According to a report… Read More

  • Sony Announces €99 PSP For European Cheapskates

    Sony Announces €99 PSP For European Cheapskates

    Instead of giving us any more concrete details on when the Playstation Vita will see the light of day, Sony announced the availability of a new PSP model called the E-1000 at their Gamescom press conference. Read More